European Golden Shoe race: Immobile, Lewandowski and Ronaldo fight for top spot


The European Golden Boot has been dominated in recent years by Lionel Messi but this season it looks like the crown taken from him.

The star of Barcelona has 12 goals behind top scorer Ciro Immobile with only 14 goals in LaLiga this season.

Here, Sportsmail looks at the contenders for what promises an exciting fight for the European Golden Shoe 2019-20.

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HOW DOES THE EUROPEAN GOLDEN SHOE

1. Number of competition goals

2. Multiplied by the factor of each competition (Top 5 European competitions = 2)

3. Result in a point total

1. Ciro Immobile (26 goals – 52 points)

The 29-year-old leads the way with the most goals in the top five in Europe & # 39; s competition s with an emphatic 26 out of 24 matches.

The productive form of the Italian has raised Lazio on the table, well in the race for the Serie A. They are only one point behind the leader Juventus and have a superior goal balance.

Immobile has already scored 11 more league goals than during the 2018-19 campaign and found it just in the 2-1 win over rivals Inter Milan at the weekend.

Immobile has not won the European Golden Shoe before, but he is in the best position this year.

Lazio striker Ciro Immobile leads the way with the most goals in Europe's top five competitions

2. Robert Lewandowski (23 goals – 46 points)

The Polish striker is only three goals behind the pacesetter after a new blister campaign for Bayern Munich.

At 31, Robert Lewandowski remained at the top of his powers and had his Bundesliga count last season beat in 11 games less.

The attacker scored four goals in his last five league games after a set-off in Bayern & # 39; s 4-1 win over Cologne on Sunday.

Like Immobile, Lewandowski did not win the European Golden Shoe and shows no signs of delay.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= At 31, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski (C) remained at the height of his forces

3. Timo Werner (20 goals – 40 points)

The shape of the 23- birthday this season has resulted in many admirers. Both Liverpool and Chelsea have been associated with a youth movement.

Lewandowski has, understandably, made the headlines, but Werner's 20 goals in 22 games have also attracted attention.

Werner is hot on the heels of Lewandowski in the race to be the top scorer of the German top flight, but also to be at the top in Europe.

Leipzig struggles to be number 1 in Germany and Werner will be the key to their challenge as the business end of the season approaches.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The shape of 23 year old Timo Werner this campaign has resulted in many admirers

= 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (20 goals – 40 points)

The Juventus star has won the European top scorer gong four times – once for his 31 goals for Manchester United and the other times during his spell at Real Madrid.

The 35-year-old was in sensational form for the goal for Maurizio Sarri & # 39; s side – settled 15 times in his last 10 games.

Messi's 36 goals saw him take sixth European Golden Shoe Prize last season and so Cristiano Ronaldo was able to go to one of him this season.

Don't let it pass him by to come to the top at the end of the campaign.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Cristiano Ronaldo (L) was in sensational form for goal Maurizio Sarri & # 39; s side

= 3. Erling Haaland (24 goals – 40 points)

Borussia Dortmund landed one of these winter the most popular properties in the 19-year-old Erling Haaland.

Since his £ 17 million move from RB Salzburg Haaland, he has scored eight goals in just five Bundesliga games.

Added to his 16 goals for the Austrian outfit, Haaland has a total of 24 goals, but because of the European Golden Shoe ranking system he is in third place

The Austrian Bundesliga is not in the top five of European competitions and therefore those goals count less.

Even with 12 games remaining in the German top flight Haaland is good at having a chance to become Europe & # 39; s top scorer.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Since his £ 17 million move from RB Salzburg, Erling has Haaland scored eight goals in five games

6. Jamie Vardy (17 goals – 34 points)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is the Premier's representative League in the top 10 after 17 goals in 24 appearances.

However, he has not scored in the English top flight since his strike against Manchester City on December 21.

The 33-year-old got a muscle load at the beginning of the year and has yet to return to the shape of the first half of the season.

He lets Sergio Aguero, Danny Ings and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang breathe his neck in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.

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6. Romelu Lukaku (17 goals – 34 points)

The Belgian international is experiencing a renaissance at Inter Milan after a difficult period in Manchester United.

Like Vardy, he has found the back of the net 17 times in 24 games as an Inter-challenge for the league title.

Romleu Lukaku looks a world away from the player who struggled to make an impact on Old Trafford in his final months.

If Inter must put an end to the dominance of Juventus Lukaku will have to maintain its goal form.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Romleu Lukaku looks a world away from the player who struggled in Manchester United

8. Sergio Aguero (16 goals – 32 points)

The star of Manchester City is never too far away from the top of the goal list.

The Argentinian has scored 16 goals in 19 games when The side of Pep Guardiola has tried to keep pace with Liverpool.

Sergio Aguero missed four league games before the New Year due to injury, but scored six goals in his last four league games.

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8. Wissam Ben Yedder (16 goals – 32 points)

The Monaco ahead is the top scorer of Ligue 1 with 16 goals, only one ahead of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe.

Both Mbappe and Neymar breathe him in the neck, but Wissam Ben Yedder has scored two goals in his last four games.

Mbappe was sidetracked in the first months of the campaign and was only one goal behind Ben Yedder. expect the Monaco frontman to be taken over.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Monaco ahead Wissam Ben Yedder is currently top scorer of Ligue 1 with 16 goals

10. Erik Sorga (31 goals – 31 points)

Outside the top five European divisions, the 20-year-old attacker Erik Sorga achieved the top 10 with his impressive 31 goals.

] Sorga was in good shape for Flora when they increased the league title in October.

Due to the Meistriliiga competition of Estonia that runs from March to October, Sorga cannot get higher than 10th.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Twenty-year-old foreman Erik Sorga has reached the top 10 with his impressive 31 goals

FAIR LISTINGS

11th: Kylian Mbappe (15 goals – 30 points)

11th: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 15 goals – 30 points)

11th: Danny Ings (15 goals – 30 points)

16th: Lionel Messi (14 goals – 28 points)

16th: Marcus Rashford (14 goals – 28 points)

16th: Mohamed Salah (14 goals – 28 points)

21st: Neymar (13 goals – 26 points)



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Joshua Kimmich heaps praise on rival Timo Werner ahead of Robert Lewandowski encounter


& # 39; Scoring for Leipzig is very different from scoring for Bayern & # 39 ;: Joshua Kimmich hopes to praise Timo Werner before clashing with Robert Lewandowski

  • RB Leipzig takes Bayern Munich on Sunday in a crucial Bundesliga collision
  • Bayern & Joshua Kimmich had to compare Timo Werner with Robert Lewandowski
  • He praised the Leipzig had an impressive record
  • Bayern Munich & # 39; s Joshua Kimmich praised RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner before meeting the East German side in the Bundesliga.

    Werner had an impressive season for Leipzig, achieved 20 goals in 20 starts and attracted interest from the Premier League side [19459026Liverpool Chelsea and Manchester United .

    Bayern had this campaign with Robert Lewandowski who managed to score 22 goals in the Bundesliga.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Bayern Munich man was asked to compare Werner with teammate Robert Lewandowski

    BUNDESLIGA TOP SCORERS

    1. Robert Lewandowski (22)

    2. Timo Werner (20)

    3. Jadon Sancho (12)

    4. Florian Niederlechner (11)

    5. Marco Reus (11)

    It has seen the two teams compete for the top position, with Bayern overtaking Leipzig last weekend.

    But Kimmich believes that his compatriot Werner deserves praise for firing his side in the fight and that it is another task to get Lewandowski & # 39; s teammate at Bayern.

    & # 39; The numbers are very impressive for both players, & # 39; said the 24-year-old, as reported by Target .

    & # 39; I am very happy for Timo. He scored 18 goals in the first half of the season.

    & # 39; That should not be sniffed at and scoring so many goals in Leipzig is quite different from doing that in Bayern Munich. & # 39;

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    Leipzig entered the winter break as frontrunners in Germany, but have been struggling since they took action again.

    They have not won any of their last three games and Bayern is now a wise man to the top.

    Sunday's match between the two sides in the Allianz Arena can be crucial to deciding where the title goes at the end of the campaign.



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    Bayern Munich 4-3 Hoffenheim: Lewandowski scores twice as holders reach last eight of German Cup


    Bayern Munich 4-3 Hoffenheim: Hotshot Robert Lewandowski scores twice to bring his season number to 35, as holders survive late fright to reach the final eight of the German Cup

    • Bayern fell behind when Jerome Boateng diverted a shot into his own net
    • Benjamin Hubner scored his own goal before Thomas Mueller placed Bayern in front
    • Lewandowski headed home in the 36th and 80th minutes to make it 4-1
    • Moanes Dabour scored twice for the visitors in a final tense few minutes

    Bayern Munich & # 39; s insatiable striker Robert Lewandowski struck twice when they saw colleague Bundesliga side Hoffenheim 4-3 at home on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup.

    Holders Bayern fell behind when Jerome Boateng fired a shot into his own net in the eighth minute, but they soon led with an own goal from Benjamin Hubner of Hoffenheim before Thomas Mueller volleyed them in the 20th minute put first.

    Lewandowski extended Bayern's lead further in the 36th minute and seemed to have finished the game when he struck again with 10 minutes remaining, for the 35th time in all competitions this season.

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    and yet new forward Moanes Dabour van Hoffenheim withdrew two minutes later a goal for the visitors and again scored in extra time to set up a final few minutes.

    Bayern is the only team from the top four of the Bundesliga to reach the quarterfinals after Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund were both knocked out Tuesday.

    The victory over Hoffenheim, however, was marred by defensive errors which could be costly if it were repeated on Sunday against title rivals Leipzig.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski achieved his score to 35 goals in all competitions

    Bayern went after an own goal for the second cup match in a row, when Jerome Boateng turned the ball into his own net in the eighth minute as he tried to block a shot with his shin.

    Four minutes later, it was Hoffenheim's Benjamin Hubner's turn to score an own goal by bending a cross past the keeper with his knee and making 1-1.

    Thomas Muller gave Bayern the lead in the 20th minute through a David Alaba cross. Lewandowski scored in the 36th and 80th minutes.

    Hoffenheim wasted a series of chances in the second half, but Moanes Dabbur took advantage of changes in the defense of Bayern to score two late goals that put Bayern under pressure. The second from Dabbur came out of a rebound after Benjamin Pavard of Bayern hit the ball against his own post.

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    Move over Lewandowski and Werner… Haaland is here! Striker set for first Dortmund Bundesliga start


    The Bundesliga returned last weekend with a bang when Erling Braut Haaland formally introduced himself to Borussia Dortmund with a hat – trick on his debut.

    Elsewhere there were victories for the top two parties RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich while Cologne and Schalke achieved important victories.

    Sportsmail will review the upcoming games this weekend.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Erling Braut Haaland scored a debut hat-trick last week from the bench for Borussia Dortmund

    FRIDAY

    Borussia Dortmund v Cologne – 19:30

    Dortmund is in the middle of an exciting battle for the Champions League places with seven points that separate six teams from second to seventh. Dortmund is in fourth place with 33 points.

    At first glance, a home game against the team in 13th place is routine, but Cologne has won the last four games in a row to the Westphalia Stadium with great confidence.

    But not as much as Haaland, the new signing of Dortmund from Dortmund. His exciting debut means he will certainly be nailed to start the Friday game.

    He has 27 goals in 23 matches in all club and country competitions and seems to have had all the time he needs to settle in his new environment in Germany. Starting with a front three alongside Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus will be something to see.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Haaland stands in line for his first start for Dortmund in Friday's game against Cologne

    SATURDAY

    Freibrug v Paderborn – 2.30 pm

    Seventh placed Freiburg host cellar boys Paderborn looking for their dreams to hold Champions League. They beat Mainz 2-1 last weekend because they try to keep their push and try to break into the top four.

    Meanwhile, Paderborn licks their wounds after a heavy 4-1 defeat by Bayer Leverkusen as last Sunday but their was a debut goal for striker Dennis Srbeny after his move from Premier League who struggled Norwich.

    Srbeny is in his second spell with the German side after his departure for Norwich in 2018.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Former Norwich striker Dennis Srbeny scored on his debut for Paderborn in their 4-1 loss

    Borussia Monchengaldbach v Mainz

    Borussia Monchengladbach are only five points behind leader Leipzig and follow Bayern Munich through a lonely point in Saturday's game.

    Last weekend, they fell into a 2-0 defeat against Schalke of David Wagner and lost ground on the two best Bundesliga teams.

    Mainz also offers to return to winning roads after their narrow defeat to Freiburg. They are in 15th place just one point above the drop zone, but a victory could raise them to the 12th if other results go their way.

    Wolfsburg v Hertha Berlin

    Jurgen Klinsmann has had a steady impact on Hertha Berlin since the takeover as manager, but it was not without the obstacles.

    Last week, Klinsmann, a former German manager, had to prove that he had the relevant coaching qualifications for his team's match against Bayern Munich, which lost 4-0. Hertha is only two points above the drop zone in Germany.

    The trip to Wolfsburg this weekend, who have lost their last two games and finish in ninth place. They were emphatically defeated by Cologne 3-1 last week.

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    Eintracht Frankfurt against RB Leipzig

    An outing for the leaders this weekend, but ultimately not too many problems. The men of Julian Nagelsmann recorded a 3-1 victory against Union Berlin with Liverpool and Chelsea target Timo Werner scored twice.

    It counted his season before the season to 25 in all competitions and 20 in the Bundesliga, level with Robert Lewandowski. The German striker is not expected to leave Leipzig in the January window, but as Werner's form continues to improve, eyes from across the continent will look at him in action.

    Frankfurt is 11th in the Bundesliga after an impressive 2-1 win over Hoffenheim last weekend, during which a series of three straight defeats was made.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Timo Werner has matched Robert Lewandowski this season in the Bundesliga scorecards

    Union Berlin v Augsburg

    There is something to offer when two teams meet on Saturday losing runs in Berlin. Union has lost their last three and is without a win in four, while Augsburg has lost their last two after winning three in a row.

    There is greater pressure on the hosts, whose losses streak has brought them in through the bottom three and they are only three points for the drop zone. Next week they are in front of Borussia Dortmund, so they have to save some trust.

    Bayern München v Schalke – 17:30

    These are four consecutive victories for the reigning champion, but Schalke will face tough opposition in the late start of the Bundesliga on Saturday .

    The men from David Wagner had an impressive 2-0 win over contenders Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend and faced the Bayern meeting with an increasing sense of optimism. Victory in the Allianz Arena would put Schalke on point with Bayern and raise their top four ambitions.

    But Bayern looks in imperial form and destroyed Hertha Berlin last week with a ruthless second half that yielded all four.

    They are now seven consecutive seasons Bundesliga winners and have to be ruthless merge the winning series to get Leipzig first. This will be a real test of how much they have clicked in gear.

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    defeated

    SUNDAY

    Werder Bremen v Hoffenheim – 2:30 p.m.

    The first preliminary signs of life are there for Werder after a slim 1-0 win over fellow wrestlers have earned Fortuna Dusseldorf claiming their first win in five. They are now 16th, but have five teams within four points.

    In the meantime, Hoffenheim has to hit back after their surprising defeat at home in Eintracht last weekend. They are four points out of the top six and cannot afford to stutter again.

    Bayer Leverkusen v Fortuna Dusseldorf

    A home game against a side degraded by relegation, and two of the teams above them playing each other, give Leverkusen a chance this weekend to climb up from the sixth place.

    They threw Paderborn 4-1 last weekend, with star man Kai Haverts the fourth and Leverkusen could rise to the fourth if other results go their way.

    For Fortuna, they have to disrupt the chances of hitting back after succumbing to a home defeat against Werder Bremen.

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    ‘We haven’t had this type of player since Lewandowski’: Marco Reus on Haaland’s arrival at BVB


    & # 39; We have had this type of player since Lewandowski & # 39 ;: Marco Reus ecstatic on the arrival of Erling Braut Haaland in Borussia Dortmund

    • Erling Braut Haaland joined Borussia Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg
    • The Norwegian striker scored 28 goals in 22 games for the Austrian side
    • Marco Reus is enthusiastic about the new addition to the attack of Dortmund ranks

    By Jack Bezanten for MailOnline

    Borussia Dortmund Forward Marco Reus has the arrival of Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg.

    Dortmund beat a number of European top clubs to sign the Norwegian striker, who scored 28 goals this season in 22 games.

    And Reus, who played for Dortmund since 2012, says Haaland reminds him of his former teammate Robert Lewandowski

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus greets the arrival of Erling Braut Haaland

    Speaking of his arrival at the Dortmund training champion in Dortmund, told Giant to Sky Deutschland: & # 39; He's very open-minded and it's important to get to know everyone first – a training camp like this is ideal

    & # 39; Now it's really about getting fit, good to arrive. It will take time, we will give it to him. He just gives us a different input, a different way we can play.

    & # 39; I don't think we've had this type of player since Lewy [Lewandowski]. He gives us the opportunity to be more flexible and to be able to respond to different scores.

    & It makes us feel good. Now he needs to get better and get to know everyone well – we have to. We have to go with him and his strengths, but that will all happen over time.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Reus believes Haaland is a striker in a similar form to former teammate Robert Lewandowski

    & # 39; Paco [Alcacer] took off in the beginning, causing him to be injured for longer. Then the coach decided differently.

    & # 39; As I said, Haaland gives us many opportunities to play football, but ultimately the coach has to decide who will be used.

    & # 39; For me and other players, we have new options with Haaland, sometimes long balls. In football it is important to be flexible and we have achieved that.

    & # 39; We now have a very good striker and therefore new options, so we are well positioned. & # 39;



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    Antonio Rudiger names Harry Kane, Mauro Icardi and Robert Lewandowski as world’s best strikers


    Antonio Rudiger names Harry Kane, Mauro Icardi and Robert Lewandowski as & # 39; the best # 9 in recent years & # 39; as Chelsea defender admits & # 39; it will be difficult to survive & # 39 ; against Bayern frontman in Champions League clash

    • Antonio Rudiger has named Harry Kane as one of the best strikers in the world
    • Chelsea defender feels that Kane and Robert Lewdowski are leaders in their field
    • Rudiger admits that he fears Lewandowski and Bayern in Europe

    Chelsea Rock Antonio Rudiger has admitted that he fears that he will have a hard time when he faces Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and does not enjoy the prospect of coming against Robert Lewandowski .

    The German defender believes that Lewandowski is one of the best snipers on the planet and is getting better and better with age.

    Speaking during a recent interview with publication Bild together with the captain of England, Rudiger Lewandowski called Harry Kane as the most dangerous in the game.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= The Chelsea man also has nerves about it with Robert Lewandowski (right) in Europe

    The Chelsea man chooses r a somewhat left-wing suggestion and feels summer acquisition Mauro Icardi in Paris It is also in the conversation of & # 39; the world's best.

    & # 39; For me Mauro Icardi, Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski are the best nine of recent years. Lewandowski seems to have gotten better this season & # 39 ;, he said.

    Rudiger did not give in to his judgment and admitted that he is concerned about Bayern on the European stage and Chelsea's chances of progress.

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    I have a lot of respect for him. It will be a difficult challenge to survive against him. We can only solve this through the collective, & he added.

    Rudiger remained on the subject of Bayern and did not admit how close the Chelsea asterisk Callum Hudson-Odoi was lured away by the German giants.

    & # 39; I am very happy that Callum stayed with us because we are both very close friends. Of course he also asked me about Bayern at the time, & Rudiger admitted.

    & # 39; The fact that he chose Chelsea is only logical to me. The transfer ban and the departure of Eden Hazard made it clear that he will have more time.



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    Top scorers in 2019: Robert Lewandowski set to beat Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raheem Sterling


    Ballon d & # 39; Or Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo tended to steal the headlines and destroy even more records and defenses this year, but both end up behind another greedy goal scorer at the top of the club and the country total on the last day of 2019.

    De Spurs discovered at their expense at halftime in what would be a humiliating 7-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the Champions League in October Robert Lewandowski has only the least view of goal needed to cause pain.

    Traces were ahead and just before Lewandowski turned and hit the deadliest finishes on a grim night for Mauricio Pochettino who hastened the manager's departure and underlined the ability of the striker for brillian ce.

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    2012 stands out on the four occasions in the last decade in which Messi finished at the top. He finished that year with an incredible 91 goals – no other player has scored more than 70 in the last ten years.

    TOP SCORERS IN 2019

    [1945902] Robert Lewandowski 54 goals in 58 apps

    Lionel Messi 50 goals in 58 apps

    Kylian Mbappe 44 goals in 49 apps

    Raheem Sterling 41 goals in 61 apps

    [1945902] Cristiano Ronaldo 39 goals in 50 apps

    Alfredo Morelos 38 goals in 53 apps

    Andraz Sporar 36 goals in 46 apps

    Erik Sorga 35 goals in 45 apps

    ] Sergio Aguero 35 goals in 49 apps

    Karim Benzema 35 goals in 50 apps

    Harry Kane 34 goals in 45 apps

    Sadio Mane 34 goals in 61 apps



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    Lewandowski lauded by Heynckes as Bayern striker overtakes him in Bundesliga goalscoring charts 


    & # 39; He is absolute world class & # 39 ;: Robert Lewandowski praised by former manager Jupp Heynckes while the Bayern Munich striker overtakes him in the Bundesliga goalscoring charts

      Robert Lewandowski scored his 221st Bundesliga goal on Wednesday evening

      He went to strike goals for Jupp Heynckes in the Bundesliga

      Heynckes, who managed Lewandowski in Bayern, was seated full of praise for the pole

    by by Kieran Jackson for Mailonline

    Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has the quality of Robert Lewandowski praised after the Pole caught up with him in the all-time Bundesliga goal lists.

    Lewandowski scored his 221st Bundesliga goal in Bayern & 3-1 victory against Freiburg on Wednesday, ahead of Heynckes' record with 220 goals.

    After managing him in Bayern in the 2017-18 season, Heynckes is all too well aware of the ability of the 31-year-old and was full of praise after passing him in the rankings .

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    Robert Lewandowski & # 39; s goal against Freiburg was all this 30th season

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    & # 39; What makes Impress me about Robert Lewandowski is his professionalism, ambition, passion, biting and fitness s, & # 39; Heyn ckes told the German news agency Thursday.

    & # 39; He is an absolute world class player, especially this season. It was a privilege for me to have worked with him.

    & # 39; He deserved to beat me in the eternal list of goal scorers. & # 39;



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    Champions League team of the group stage: Robert Lewandowski and Keylor Navas make the cut


    Wednesday night the group phase of Champions League ended, with Atalanta stealing the show and an unlikely place in the last 16.

    But although the brave Italians were just entering the knockout phase, many other teams made their way through style.

    Here, Sportsmail takes a look back at the group stage to choose a best XI.

    Goalkeeper: Keylor Navas ( PSG )

    Paris Saint-Germain had the best defensive record of all matches in the group stage of this season – and Navas was the core of it.

    The former shot stopper of Real Madrid only gave in twice in five games, and both came against his old club in a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.

    He still brought out excellent that evening, with his four clean sheets from his first four PSG games already in full control of Group A

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Right back: Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund)

    Hakimi has played the European campaign of Borussia Dortmund for only seven minutes so far, and if his early performances are anything that goes by, he will be the key when the knockout phase begins in February.

    defender, on loan from Real Madrid, s succeeded in scoring two braces in six games, giving the German giants crucial victories over Slavia Prague and Inter Milan

    At the other end of the field, Hakimi contributed to two clea n sheets – one against Lionel Messi and Barcelona – Dortmund finished second in group F.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Achussf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund (left) contributed to both ends of this pitch

    Rear center: Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

    Without his regular partner, Giorgio Chiellini, Bonucci made sure d at Juventus & # 39; defense remained as strong as always in what could have been a difficult group stage.

    The veteran-Italian helped Matthijs to sign by Lies in Maurizio Sarri was four behind and kept two clean sheets in five games, including the crusive 1-0 home victory over Atletico Madrid

    He was equipped for the Wednesday 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen, but is definitely back in the team when the final-16 rolls around.

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<p> <img id= Leonardo Bonucci (right) struggles with Atletico Madrid & # 39; s Saul Niguez during the group stage

    Back center: Thiago Silva (PSG)

    A member of PSG's solid defense partners Bonucci in our team of the stage group, and it is another veteran in the form of Silva.

    The Brazilian was in excellent shape during his five appearances and kept five clean sheets while the French champions beat Real Madrid to first place.

    Like Navas and Bonucci, Silva was equipped for the 5-0 beaten Tuesday of Galatasaray as Thomas Tuchel looks to keep him fresh for the challenges ahead.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= PSG captain Thiago Silva leads the ball away from danger while Karim Benzema looks on

    Left behind: Juan Bernat (PSG)

    PSG & # 39; s dominance continued with the recording of Bernat, who enjoyed a brilliant group stage rear left

    The diminutive Spaniard started all six games and kept five clean sheets, only twice in the 2-2 draw in Real Madrid.

    He also put down two assists in PSG's 3- The demolition of Los Blancos in the Parc des Princes, a result that set the Ligue 1-side on the way to qualifying.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Juan Bernat shone for PSG with playing all six group games while retaining five clean sheets

    Right wing: Hakim Ziyech (Ajax)

    Ajax may have been dumped out of the group stage this season, but they had been dumped in Ziyech they have yet another shining light

    The talented wideman scored twice in six games – including a brilliant strike away in Valencia – and made three assists during the exciting 4-4 ​​with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Ziyech also set goals for his teammates at home and away against Lille, which has only increased his interest in him from elsewhere.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Hakim Ziyech (left), pictured in action against Valencia, was brilliant in the group phase

    Central Midfield: Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

    Real Madrid & # 39; s Remained reliable in the same spirit in the group phase, making Zinedine Zidane received a calming presence in midfield.

    After a difficult first night against PSG, Kroos bounced back with four strong displays, including scoring the only goal in a win against Galatasaray.

    Two assists and a greatly improved representation in the reserve classification against PSG strengthen his place in our team.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Toni Kroos plays a long-distance pass during Real Madrid exciting 2-2 draw at home against PSG

    Central Midfield: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)

    Kroos is accompanied in midfield by his international teammate Gundogan , who was always present in the undefeated qualification of Manchester City from group C.

    In addition to playing every minute, the German beat home and away against Shakhtar Donetsk, and also got two assists.

    He may have only started 10 Premier League games this season, but he certainly proves that he is a man Pep Guardiola can rely on in Europe.

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<p> <img id= Ilkay Gundogan tries to tackle a tackle from Dinamo Zagreb & # 39; s 39; s Bruno Petkovic on Wednesday

    to avoid

    Left Wing: Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

    Although his goal form has been delayed in recent weeks, Sterling is Champions League campaign in electric form started.

    After playing a 3-0 win over Shakhtar, the English star came off the bench to score and score an assist against Dinamo Zagreb in just 34 minutes.

    Sterling scored a hat trick against Atalanta and assisted the other two goals in a 5-1 mauling, before scoring his fifth goal in th and competition when the Italians visited the Etihad in November.

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    Striker: Erling Haaland (Red Bull Salzburg)

    After his shine in Austria, Haaland announced himself on the biggest podium with his Champions League performances.

    The productive 19-year-old struck eight times in just four starts and one sub-appearance, hitting a hat-trick in the opener of Red Bull Salzburg against Genk and a double during a 3-2 defeat by Napoli.

    A goal at Anfield also stood out when he hit the most wanted teenager in Europe on his way to a series of records.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Erling Haaland pictured in action against Liverpool scored eight goals in only five games

    Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

    Lewandowski transferred this incredible Bundesliga form to the Champions League this time and scored 10 teams in just five games.

    The Polish international came home on the score sheet against Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos, while adding brackets to Tottenham and in Greece.

    But his eye-catching display came off in Serbia when he strained four times in just 77 minutes while Bayern Munich rebelled to finish it off of their group.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Sportsmail retreated to the group stage of the Champions League to choose the best XI



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    Thomas Muller wants Bayern Munich to be less reliant on Robert Lewandowski in front of goal


    & # 39; We must go more for goal & # 39 ;: Thomas Muller calls on Bayern Munich to stop relying on Robert Lewandowski for the net before Spurs clash

    • Robert Lewandowski has scored 31 in 28 games for club and country this season
    • He has not scored in his last two and Bayern Munich has both lost
    • Thomas Muller wants the rest of the team to do more for purpose

    By Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline

    Bayern appealed to his Bayern Munich teammates to lighten the goal load on Robert Lewandowski when confronted with Spurs.

    Lewandowski has been on fire for the goal this season and has scored 31 goals in his 28 appearances for Bayern and his country Poland and the German champions have trusted him.

    But he did not score in his last two games, both of which lost when they were left six points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

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<p> <noscript> <img id= Thomas Muller wants Bayern Munich to lighten the goal load on Robert Lewandowski

    And Muller wants the other players on the side to do more for the goal, the team is less dependent on Lewandowski who finds the back of the net.

    Prior to the competition, Muller said: & # 39; That proved to be the last two competitions.

    & # 39; Maybe one or the other players, including myself, have to change their game and go more for the goal.

    & # 39; We have other players who are dangerous for the goal (other than Lewandowski) & # 39 ;.

    Spurs and Bayern meet on Wednesday night with both having advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League.

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<p> <noscript>] <img id= Lewandowski has not found the net in his last two games and Bayern have both lost



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